Sydney is today the largest and most dynamic city of Australia. Its metropolitan area is over 4 million people and still growing. Sydney is also the state capital of New South Wales. It was the first British colony in Australia, established in 1788 at Sydney Cove.
A major destination for immigrants to Australia, Sydney is also one of the most multicultural cities in the world. The city is known as Australia’s most expensive city and one of the most expensive cities in the world.
A rivalry has traditionally existed between Sydney and Melbourne since the gold rushes of the 1850s, but Sydney overtook Melbourne in population in the early years of the 20th century and has remained the largest city in Australia since this time.
Several national parks surround the metropolitan area. They have many bays, rivers and inlets. The city has hosted international sporting, political and cultural events, including the 1938 British Empire Games, 2000 Summer Olympics and the 2003 Rugby World Cup.
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